“The other reason for introducing Wilson so early in the film was that they wanted him to appear before any conspiracy elements started showing up, helping to show the character as trustworthy, allowing Rogers to seek his help in the middle of the movie.”
“There were debates…
Well, and Joe Johnson. But yes. No other Marvel franchise innately *gets* film genre aesthetic the way the Cap movies do. Having Natasha be the love interest would have sold out the genre of Cap 2 just as much as the characters. See, male gaze and the objectification of women isn’t just bad for female characters, it’s bad for the story. Johnson also got this with Peggy.
The Cap franchise is by far the best for all these reasons and more.